Lieutenant Colonel Matthew S. Youngblood is a native of Painesville. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1991 and successfully completed basic training and the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program in 1993. He attended the University of South Carolina with a NROTC scholarship, selected a Marine Option, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in May, 1997. Lieutenant Colonel Youngblood completed The Basic School (TBS), the U.S. Army’s Armor Officer Basic Course (AOBC), and Scout Platoon Leader’s Course (SPLC) in 1998 and was assigned to Second Tank Battalion, Second Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from 1999-2001. During this period he served as tank platoon commander, company executive officer, AT-TOW platoon commander, and company commander.
In 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Youngblood was assigned as the Inspector-Instructor for Company D, 8th Tank Battalion in Columbia, South Carolina and served as the company commander in 2003. He attended the Armored Captain’s Career Course in 2004 and was assigned as Company Commander, Company B, Second Tank Battalion from 2004-2005; deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 02-05 with Regimental Combat Team (RCT) 8 in Fallujah, Iraq. In October, 2005 he returned from deployment and assumed command of H&S Company, Second Tank Battalion.
Lieutenant Colonel Youngblood was assigned as a Project Officer, Tank Systems, Marine Corps Systems Command from 2006-2009 and was awarded the Project Officer of the Year in 2009. He returned to Second Tank Battalion and served as the battalion executive officer from 2009-2011; deploying to Sierra Leone in 2010 in support of the United Kingdom’s International Military Advisor and Training Team (IMATT) as an Infantry Training Officer. Upon his return, he was designated Commanding Officer (Acting), Second Tank Battalion from December 2010 to July 2011. In 2011, he was selected to resident PME at Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia. In 2012, he served as a Victim Assistance Advisor within the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO).
In 2014 Lieutenant Colonel Youngblood was assigned as the Executive Officer, III MEF Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. In 2014 Lieutenant Colonel Youngblood was assigned as the Executive Officer, III MEF Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. During this tour, he participated in OPERATION SAHAYOGI HAAT which provided humanitarian aid and disaster relief to the nation of Nepal after a devastating earthquake. During this period, he served as the OIC for the Intermediate Staging Base in Utaphao, Thailand and ensured the timely flow of materials and personnel into Nepal in direct support of III MEF operations.
Lieutenant Colonel Youngblood’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a gold star and Meritorious Service Medal with a gold star. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Masters in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.